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Benjamin Weingarten @bhweingarten
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Trump's NatSec Strategy #NSS challenges the myths of the NatSec/foreign policy establishment's Wilsonian progressives -- myths based on flawed premises generating failed policies. Its Kirkpatrickian core would make the US stronger and more secure. THREAD👇…
The pol establishment is aghast over Trump's brash style, lack of conventionality and political incorrectness -- with its over-the-top revulsion serving as a form of virtue-signaling. On NatSec/foreign policy, the difference is truly substantive.…
Trump's National Security Strategy #NSS challenges the very premises of the establishment's prevailing progressive Wilsonian internationalist orthodoxy. Its "principled realism" rejects the elite worldview/challenges elite credentials, standing, influence…
This in part explains the vociferous Resistance among ex-Obama admin officials. It isn't just that a Trumpian NatSec/foreign policy would overturn their entire agenda of appeasement and submission -- it would put them out of business…
There are 3 myths Trump's #NSS strikes at that've been at core of our NatSec/foreign policy for yrs, to our detriment:
-Econ liberalization --> pol liberalization
-#Israel is the root of ME maladies
-The "violent extremists" who threaten us are "nihilists"…
Reality #1: Econ liberalization does not guarantee pol liberalization, but our belief it does is exploited by authoritarian regimes to strengthen them against their people and us (see #China, #Russia). We ignore the nature of our adversaries at our peril.…
Reality #2: It's laughable on its face that the free, pluralistic, Silicon Valley-esque nation of #Israel, surrounded by lands perpetually enmeshed in Sunni-Shia civil war, intra-tribal conflict and monarchic squabbles is the root cause of ME maladies…
Reality #3: Jihadists, not “violent extremists,” are the enemy, and they seek to make us submit to Sharia law. Nothing could be less nihilistic than the doctrinal basis of Islamic supremacist militancy. We've ignored this and faced deadly consequences…
A NatSec/foreign policy in US national interest must
-Recognize that different peoples are driven by different things
-Understand what motivates our enemies free of our own biases
-Forthrightly face challenges facing us
-Challenge convention when it fails…
The Trump #NSS provides a critical road map for once again putting America's national interest -- our safety/security -- first, while enabling us to thrive as a free, dynamic, vibrant society that stands as a model to which all the world should aspire…
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